The NRL Footy Show has been axed by Channel Nine after 25 years, following a season of poor ratings.
The show, hosted by Erin Molan after she replaced Paul ‘ Fatty’ Vautin earlier this year, has ended for good.
The Footy Show first aired in 1994 and has won 11 Logies for being the most popular show on Australian TV.
Despite its strong run, the show began to show signs that it was on its way out.
Show veteran and former host of nearly 25-years, Vautin was sidelined to a smaller role and Molan was placed in the host’s chair earlier in the year.
Molan began the season under the spectre of poor ratings, budget cuts and the show’s push to a later time-slot.
Her first appearance as host on the show saw an 8 per cent dip in viewers in both Sydney and Brisbane, compared to the same time in the previous year.
Beau Ryan was left without a chair during the debut episode, and later in the year Molan was accused of ‘fat-shaming’ former player Dave Taylor.
It was reported that network personality Andrew Johns quit the sports show mid-season due to growing disappointment.
Nine’s Director of Sport Tom Malone said: ‘It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show. A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis.
‘I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing era of live sports-entertainment television – from producers, editors, camera operators, the players, guests and of course the legendary hosts.
‘Fatty holds the record for the longest serving host of any prime time Australian TV show – a tribute to both his understanding of the game, his authenticity, and not to mention his incredible comedic timing.
‘In recent years, Erin has equally brought a new energy, perspective and showed her passion for the game.’
In the wake of the show’s axing, it has been revealed that Molan will play a new role with ‘Wide World of Sports.’
Molan took to Instagram to say her time with the Footy Show had been an ‘incredible privilege.’
‘Thank you so much to all the wonderful staff who worked behind the scenes.
‘To the fans – you made the show.’
Beau added: ‘I grew up idolising Matty Johns, Sterlo, Chief and to work with Fatty was a dream come true.
‘But finally I want to thank the fans. The people I met along the way.
‘The supporters, the punters, the fanatics, the men, the women and the kids that made my job so enjoyable.
‘I loved every second of it and I’m forever grateful.
‘Footy Show, thanks for the memories, and in the meantime if anyone needs me I’ll be halfway up the Centrelink queue…’
More to come.